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Floor Planning a Modern Living Room

Posted on April 06, 2010

Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply redecorating, a floor plan is essential in creating a living environment that works. Some may find the process tedious, but it actually saves you time, energy and money. You can visualize the appearance of your living room as closely as possible, hence the lower chance for mistakes when it comes to your efforts and finances.

Floor Planning Aids and Tools

There are actually programs online that allow you to create floor plans. This way, you can save possible plans that you come up with in files. It’s also very helpful to those who are not very gifted in drawing and translating actual measurements onto paper. Admittedly, there’s some math involved in floor planning and the programs can help make this aspect less complicated as well. It will also be easier to adjust and modify the plan you have already saved in files.

If you want to do things the traditional way, remember that the key to a successful floor plan is getting accurate measurements, hence the need for tools such as T-squares, rulers, and triangles. It’s important to keep in mind the necessary mathematical equations for getting the pertinent area measurements of your room. For instance, when it comes to floors, length x width=area; and for the walls, height x length= area. With the necessary details already at your disposal, it will be easier to choose chairs, tables, and other furnishings for the room.

Client Floor Plan for Living Room - Version 1

Client Floor Plan for Living Room - Version 2

Floor Planning Basics

Before you officially start working on your living room floor plan, you also have to determine the real function of the room. Ask yourself whether you do a lot of entertaining in it or if its function has technically been reduced to that of a TV room. From this point, you can start working on the space that you have. Besides spatial considerations, some of the parts you usually have to plan for are conversation areas, focal points, traffic flow, etc. You have to maneuver your furniture in such a way that people can carry conversations effortlessly. Chairs have to be angled correctly, distanced appropriately, etc. Movement within the room should definitely be comfortable. Walking spaces should be wide enough and dead ends should be avoided. It’s also necessary to identify what the room’s focal point is, hence the need to know what the living room’s main use is. You should arrange the rest of the furniture to highlight that focal point.

Working with an Open Floor Plan

You may also have to take into account that many contemporary homes have an open floor plan. With this fact in mind, you have to extend your floor planning scope from your living area to other possibly connecting areas, which are usually the dining and kitchen spots. Just make sure that there is a harmonious flow and a unified style as you work with an open floor plan.

Also keep in mind that those who are floor planning the living room of modern houses may have some extra aspects to take into consideration. Modern houses come in a variety of forms and styles. You may just find yourself working on a sunken living room, one that has unusually angled walls, one with interesting slopes in either the floor or the ceiling or both, etc. Whatever the setup you have to work with may be, floor planning is a creative challenge with very rewarding results. Make sure to have fun in the process!

Is it too daunting to layout your own floor plan?  Do not despair!  At Thingz, our staff of interior designers can help you develop a space plan for your home and design a floor plan that works for you and your family.

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